Welcome to the state of Arizona!
It’s so AMAZING to see the beauty of the USA. Each state is so unique! People from all over the world dream of visiting and creating lasting memories here. Long before I began road tripping to these places, I was looking at photos and thinking how incredible it would be to experience the breathtaking views first-hand.
Living in Nevada, we are privileged to be surrounded by diverse and beautiful neighboring states, offering a whole range of exploration. It’s so fun to pack up the car and drive away into the unknown (actually it’s good to have an idea of where you’re heading) hahaha!
I have ventured around Arizona a number of times, and I would like to share with you some of my favorite remarkable locations. There are a few that I haven’t been to yet like Sedona, which we’ll hopefully save for a future part two of this Arizona post!
The the first thing I think of when someone mentions Arizona, is the Grand Canyon. It’s number one in this post for a reason. The Grand Canyon is so GRAND that it left me in awe, the minute I saw it with my own eyes.
I’ve been there twice already and without a doubt will go again when I get the chance. It’s huge, makes you feel extra small and leaves you wondering how something this majestic can exist. No wonder the Grand Canyon is one of the “Natural Wonders of the World”!
I loved the way the colors of the rocks kept changing from sunrise to sunset. It really is worth spending a whole day to experience the magic in all its forms, from the refreshing crisp air to the beautiful scenery each step of the way.
2. LAKE MOHAVE
If you want to experience peaceful beautiful waters and gorgeous mini sand dunes together, Lake Mohave is the place for you. I completely fell in love with this location. We road tripped there in early Spring for a day of adventures, and it felt like our own private beach. However, I can imagine it gets busy during the summer…people going boating, having family fun and enjoying lots of outdoor activities. Mine is always sunbathing! hahaha!
Close by is the popular Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail. That one takes a bit of preparation because it involves climbing ropes, and is one of the more challenging hikes. However, if you’re a passionate, frequent hiker you most likely won’t consider it difficult. The best part is soaking into the hot springs at night with the sky full of stars. It really is a sight I’ll never forget!
I think Lake Mohave is one of Arizona’s more hidden gems!
Horseshoe Bend is one of the most visited places in Arizona. It is also close to Antelope Canyon (only explorable with a tour guide), so you can visit both locations in the same day like I did. Both are must-visit landmarks. I’m sure you have seen lots of Instagram photos of the Horseshoe Bend in the background and the gorgeous curves of the slot canyon. The panoramic views of the river and desert landscape are stunning!
It gets extremely hot there in the summer, so keep that in mind. I won’t be making that same mistake twice if I decide to revisit. However, it’s a showstopper kind of view! I loved seeing the Colorado River circle around the rock formations making it one of the most picturesque landmarks. Have you been?
It’s difficult to escape the crowds of Horseshoe Bend, but if you’re an early riser this will be a big plus to you. Arrive at sunrise…then most likely you will be able to take photos freely without so many silhouettes in your shots.
4. LAKE HAVASU
Lake Havasu is my favorite!
So much so, that I wrote a detailed post of our road trip there. You’ve got to check it out HERE! It was one of the most AMAZING memories for me. I wished we stayed for longer because it was so peaceful and all throughout I had the feeling that I was in a small village somewhere near London.
Known for the famous London Bridge and being a landmark location for Spring Breakers, Lake Havasu is another place you have to add to your bucket list.
When visiting be on the lookout for lighthouses because Lake Havasu is home to the most starry lighthouses. How cool is that? There are endless fun adventures happening all year around like golfing, biking, off-roading, fishing… good times for every member of your family. Lake Havasu is called Arizona’s playground for a reason!
Antelope Canyon is INCREDIBLE! With the sunlight peaking in, there is something magical about these curved walls. The colors changing as the sun moves. The constant feeling of being in awe of this beauty. It really is something that has to be experienced in person.
Does it look familiar? Pictures of Antelope Canyon are commonly used as the display on new TVs and laptops in electronic stores, and this is how I first remember discovering this majestic canyon. That view stayed with me! I knew I had to visit!
Be sure to book your visit in advance! You have to reserve your day/time since you can only visit Antelope Canyon with a tour guide. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes because you do climb ladders and walk in sand. Carrying a backpack with all your essentials helps, so your hands are free.
Which of these places in Arizona are you craving to explore the MOST?